Camera comparison: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 vs iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Sony Xperia Z3, LG G3, Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 399+
Night scenes is where the Samsung Galaxy Note 4's optical image stabilization has the chance to shine. And while the night photos we took didn't turn out bad at all, we were hoping to achieve better results. You see, the phone likes to set the exposure rather high, which has its pros and cons – dark areas are visible, but brighter ones are “burned out” as a result. Details are preserved fairly well, as long as the area you're looking at is not too close to a light source, in which case they might be overwhelmed by the light's halo. Noise is apparent, but its levels are typical considering the light conditions.
In contrast, the iPhone 6 sticks to a darker exposure, and the produced images appear more natural than the Note 4's. There's a pretty good amount of details visible when you zoom in, and digital noise isn't very noticeable.
The iPhone 6 Plus performs even better. Its optical image stabilization lets it take images at lower ISO levels and longer exposures, which results in less noise in low-light photos. Also, you'll be treated to pretty clear, blur-free details once you zoom in.
With the LG G3, night photos turn out splendid. The phone's OIS camera setup keeps the frame very steady and filters out potential motion blur caused by shaky hands. Details are, again, quite soft, but they look pretty decent given the shooting conditions. The finest of details, however, are not as pretty.
The Sony Xperia Z3 takes mediocre night photos. Some do turn out fine, others exhibit colors that are off the right balance. Details are lacking compared to what we saw from the aforementioned phones.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy S5 could not impress us either. Their night photos are usable if you're not too picky, but are spoiled by blur and noise which are clearly visible once you zoom in even a bit.